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art ed. beyond the classroom


Date: Fri Aug 03 2001 - 13:50:24 PDT

> She tells art 1 students (freshmen) to not take art unless you are
> very talented!? The counselors tell the kids that they try to talk
> to them
> during Art because it isn't important. Well, It's important to me and
> the
> kids tell me it's important to them and think it should be spread
> around to
> all their classes and I will take my turn with the others.
> Ken Schwab
> San Jose CA ---

It's because of comments like these, made by people uneducated in the
importance of art, that we have to be big advocates for our programs!
Everytime I do a display I feel I have to inform not only the kids but
the staff about the artwork. Otherwise they don't get it, they just
think they are pretty pictures on a wall. Remember art education has
changed a lot in the past years and we have a lot of old prejudices to
deal with from adults who didn't have much education in art. Keep
parents up to date on what is going on in the Art Dept. Find ways to
get them in to school to see the art or put up permanent work or
installations to let them know art is well and alive. I feel I'm
probably preaching to the choir, but when I see comments like the ones
that the counselor made at Ken's school, that drives me nuts!